Sunday, October 7, 2012

Learning Tree Academy: 15 Days Left

Learning Tree Academy: 15 Days Left: Hey guys just another push for our indiegogo campaign.   Here is what you can do to help.   Please share this link

15 Days Left

Hey guys just another push for our indiegogo campaign.  Here is what you can do to help.  Please share this link on facebook, twitter, linkedin, googleplus, digg and other social media accounts.  Or you can e-mail it to friends or colleges you think could help spread the word.  Ask all the above to share with folks.  Make comments on the campaign and ask others to. 


So how does this help?  Every hit or comment improves our page rankings.  The higher our rankings the more exposure we have, the more people see our campaign, the more support we get.  So please, please share the link and ask others to as well, it is that simple.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Learning Tree Academy: Support Us!

Learning Tree Academy: Support Us!: Things have been busy since we started classes.    Classes have been fun and busy and the kids have been really engaged.   The childre...

Support Us!

Things have been busy since we started classes.   Classes have been fun and busy and the kids have been really engaged.  The children learned about Hokusai and woodblock printing and Michelangelo and frescos in art so far.  Spanish is fun (and loud!) and is reinforced during our core day. 


The weather has been our friend and we have lunched outside and played for an hour each day with the exception of one. 


We finally have a rock star logo (above) from the great Jeanne Wilson at Markbeech Marketing  We are so lucky she decided to share her talent with us.  We love how the logo really represents what we are doing.  We think it really shows how home and school are coming together to form something new in Richmond and you can’t miss the love.  Thanks Jeanne!  Your are talented and brilliant! 


We have also launched a Indiegogo campaign.  Our goal is to be able to provide this experience to any family that is interested, regardless of their ability to pay.   We really could use your support on many levels.  One thing we need to do is improve our ranking so more people see our campaign.   To help with this, spread the word.  Ask people to stop by and visit.  You stop by and visit.  Also comment, comment, comment!  It helps improve our rankings.


Look for an open house.  We are so tickled and thrilled with our “school” and we look forward to sharing it with people.  Even if it is not something your are interested in, we would really love to show it off to you! 


Thanks for all the support and good thoughts! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Enrichment Classes Finalized

Please join us at our brand new co-op in the Westover Hills  part of town. We currently have openings in the three  following classes. If you have any questions at all, just email me (Vanessa) at: or call me at 804-231-3319. Deadline is September 3rd.

Our current enrichment schedule for elementary ages include the following classes.

Famous Artists -- a Mixed Media Class
Class focus:  We'll focus on different artists from Michelangelo to Warhol, and the styles they used. We'll study the masters' techniques and what influenced these great artists. Kids will make their own creations using the particular master's stylistic approach.
Tuesdays 1:30-2:30
Cost $75/8 weeks (with a sibling discount)
Location: Westover Hills Methodist Church (1705 Westover Hills Blvd)
Instructor: Nan Johns. Nan majored in arts & crafts in college and spent years creating and selling her own jewelry.
Four openings left in the Famous Artists class.

Spanish -- ¡Pásala bien! (Have a good time!)

Have fun learning Spanish! In this fun class students will learn both conversational and formal Spanish.
Wednesdays 1:30-2:30
Cost $65/8 weeks (with a sibling discount)
Location: Westover Hills Methodist Church (1705 Westover Hills Blvd)
Cassidy Thimpson, has a background in formal Spanish.  Her fiancé, and native of El Salvador, however allowed her to develop her colloquial Spanish.  She has had a passion since 7th grade and loves to share that with children!

Five  openings left in Spanish class.


Music Fundamentals- in this class children will learn basic music theory, music history, vocal training, and rhythm exercises.  This is a great fundamentals class to help spark your child’s love of music!
Thursdays 1:30-2:30
Cost $100/8 weeks (with a sibling discount)
Location: Westover Hills Methodist Church (1705 Westover Hills Blvd)
Instructor:  Matt Spangler- Began his passion for music at 4, playing the piano and organ. He graduated from Virginian Commonwealth University and earning his Bachelor of Music degree. He is currently the Director of Music for Westover Hills United Methodist Church and formed the Westover Hills Community Children's Choir.  He has also been a Music Camp Director for the Greater Richmond Children's Choir.

Six  openings left in Music Fundamentals class.  This class must make numbers.  If it does not, you will be refunded September 4th by 5:00 p.m.


To enroll your child or children in the classes email me at Make your check out to: Learning Tree Academy. If you prefer to pay by credit card below. If your child will take multiple classes or you are signing up more than one child e-mail me and I will send you and invoice. A discount will apply.

Please send your check to:

Vanessa McCauley    
405 w. 32nd st 
Richmond, Va 23225

We're looking forward to an exciting fall!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fall 2012 Enrichment Classes

We'd like to share some enrichment classes we will be offering this year. We will choose the art classes based on interest, so when you respond, please let us know which classes interest you.

Currently we have Tuesdays at 1:30 reserved for art; however, if there is enough interest, will add another time slot as well.

Art classes are $85/8 weeks except for Art Fundamentals, which is $65/8 weeks.

Mixed Media Landscapes

Try out lots of different techniques from painting to printing to collage to building up textures with food! Create beautiful, interesting landscapes and learn about famous artists.

Recycled Sculptures

Use found and commonly discarded items to make art! We will use things like old shoes, plastic bottles, and computer parts to create robots, flowers, portraits and more. We will discuss reasons that artists might use discarded objects and how thinking creatively can help our world be a better place. Start collecting junk now!

Eastern Inspiration
Learn about art from Asia. We will practice brushstrokes, try out calligraphy, have a Japanese tea ceremony, paint dragons, and more. Put on your Kimono and join us!

What are crafts? What is art? Why do people make things? Discuss form vs. function and try your hands at weaving, jewelry making, and mosaics.

All About Paper

In this class young artists will make their own paper from pulp, decorate paper with painting and stamping techniques, and use their paper to make journals and collages. We will also make altered books and experiment with adding text to our art with a little creative writing.

African Art

Learn about art and wildlife from big beautiful continent of Africa: from Ndebele architecture of the south, to masks of the Dogon, to animals of the Serengeti. Create paintings, prints, more.

Famous Artists
Learn about different artists (Monet, Matisse, Seurat, Van Gogh, etc) and the styles they employed. Learn about their techniques and make your own creations in their style.

Art Fundamentals
Let your child step into a world of art. In this class the teacher will cover different artistic mediums, from paint to drawing, collage and more.

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30
Cost $75 1 day a week or $125 2 days a week
Have fun learning Spanish! In this fun class students will learn both conversational and formal Spanish.

We plan to add a music class as well but are still working on the details.

We are located at 1705 Westover Hills Blvd in south Richmond (just south of the Boulevard Bridge).

If you are interested e-mail me at There is a discount for multiple classes.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Change is Going to Do Some Good

We have been quite for a while but we have been busy. 
 We have 2 big updates to fill you in on.  First, we have decided to step down to a 3 day a week cooperative, for this year, at least.  We feel with our small numbers, 3 days will give us plenty of time for teaching.  Plus the additional days off will allow for additional field trips, perhaps other enrichment, and some good old fashioned play.
We will be meeting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The academics are done the first part of the day.  We will have roughly 1.5 hours of learning, a break (for outdoor or indoor unstructured play), and additional 1 hours of learning then a break for lunch and then enrichment. During learning time we want the kids out of their seats as much as possible, doing hands on learning.   Over the next week we should present the year schedule and more details. 
 You are always welcome to join our Thursday meetings/play dates.  Contact me for details.  
Information on enrichment will come in an additional post.